Has Dyson finally solved the problem of intelligent robot vacuum cleaners?

by Brendan Roberts “I don’t think there’s any danger of it becoming self-aware!” exclaimed Dyson senior design engineer Archie Henderson; then adding, after some thought: “It might chase the cat.” If that’s the only problem with the new Dyson 360 Eye robot vacuum cleaner then the famous innovator may be on to a winner. Dyson chief executive Max Conze thinks its first offering, in an already-crowded and established market, will succeed because it had finally solved what he says were the two fundamental “unsolved” problems facing all existing robot vacuums: “They must clean properly and navigate intelligently”.    Everyone knows Dyson knows how to make a vacuum “clean properly”, it owns the marketplace for manual vacuums in most countries it sells in. Solving the problem of navigating “intelligently”, though, is the…


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